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(77,161 posts)
Wed Jul 1, 2020, 11:38 AM Jul 2020

The second most dangerous man in America

The second most dangerous man in America
By Jeffrey C. Billman

(Detroit Metro Times) Maggie Haberman tweeted something the other day that I found remarkable. Promoting a story on President Trump's attacks about voting by mail, The New York Times White House correspondent wrote that Trump was "accelerating his attacks on the integrity of the elections" because he was "unable to stop (Joe) Biden's rise or modulate his own behavior."

Even facing humiliation in November, the president can't control himself or stop tilting at conspiratorial windmills. He's a cokehead on a bender, in other words, or a toddler who needs a nap, only he has the federal government at his disposal and no compunction about using it to his own ends.

So we can agree, then, that Donald Trump is the most dangerous man in America (and if you believe his niece, the world.) But barring a dramatic reversal, he'll leave office in six months with few meaningful victories beyond the ideologues he's appointed to the bench.

In the long run, the second most dangerous man in America might leave a more damaging legacy.

Since his appointment last year, Attorney General William Barr has enabled and encouraged Trump's autocratic fetishes, laying the groundwork for a vast expansion of executive power that answers to neither court nor Congress, aided by a Department of Justice that has forsaken any shred of independence to brazenly function as a White House consigliere. ...............(more)


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The second most dangerous man in America (Original Post) marmar Jul 2020 OP
Absolutely, "Barr," a very dangerous character! n/t RKP5637 Jul 2020 #1
Sobering list. CrispyQ Jul 2020 #2
Barr is an Opus Dei crypto-fascist religious fanatic COLGATE4 Jul 2020 #3
He is, indeed. BComplex Jul 2020 #4
Or would like the U.S. to be like Chile under Pinochet SharonAnn Jul 2020 #5
Naw.He's far more radical than Pinochet COLGATE4 Jul 2020 #6
He must hate Pinochet for having been able to torture people to death, kill anyone in his road, Judi Lynn Jul 2020 #7


(36,640 posts)
2. Sobering list.
Wed Jul 1, 2020, 11:44 AM
Jul 2020

Every time the GOP gets in control there's a mess to cleanup afterwards. How is it that so many Americans don't see that?


(14,732 posts)
3. Barr is an Opus Dei crypto-fascist religious fanatic
Wed Jul 1, 2020, 12:22 PM
Jul 2020

who would like to see the U.S. to be like Spain under Franco. Trump is Barr's Franco.

Judi Lynn

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7. He must hate Pinochet for having been able to torture people to death, kill anyone in his road,
Fri Jul 3, 2020, 11:59 PM
Jul 2020

for having been someone who terrorized everyone who was considered "leftist" even have one of his own diplomats slaughtered on the streets of Washington, D.C., after having tortured him wildly earlier.

Pinochet most surely COULD murder anyone and get by with it, which he did.

Despicable shame he was never brought to justice, seemingly giving up the ghost before he could be sent to prison.

His most infamous torturer was Osvaldo Romo, whose name sickened far too many people:

Young Osvaldo Romo

Richard M. Nixon, with the help of Henry Kissinger, and the CIA worked together with Pinochet to overthrow the elected socialist President Salvador Allende, bomb the Presidential offices with Chilean military bombers, and they continued to work together to make sure he stayed in power, controlling all the news media in Chile, before the election, during, and long, long after, to make sure everyone saw Chilean events the way Washington and Pinochet wanted. Nixon and the CIA and Pinochet dictated what was printed by El Mercurio, owned by Augustin Edwards, who was only too happy to profit from the arrangement, having hated Allende in the first place.

The interview with Univision and Osvaldo Romo, while he discusses his career as Pinochet's monster torturer (the most well known of them) who enjoyed his work:

Most definitely evil, graphic language from Osvaldo Romo:

Confessing Evil
A Performative Approach to Perpetrators: Confessions and Chilean Memory Politics


Clearly, Pinochet, the dictator who said, "Not a blade of grass moves in Chile without my permission" was a little more maniacally engaged in evil actions than even Trurmp.

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